Three dead, at least 26 injured after car crashes into demonstrators in Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia - UPDATE: A state official said the driver of a car that plowed into a group of marchers in Charlottesville is in police custody. Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said the driver, a man, has been arrested. Moran did not immediately provide a name of the driver. Witnesses say a car plowed into a crowd of people who were protesting a rally, which was held by white nationalists who oppose the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee by the city of Charlottesville. Officials say one person was killed and at least 26 were treated at local hospitals. ---------------- PREVIOUS STORY: State official says driver of car that plowed into group of protesters in Charlottesville is in custody. Trump says Americans must come together 'with love for our nation ... and true affection for each other' ----------------- PREVIOUS STORY: One person is dead and 19 others are injured in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a white nationalist rally and counterprotest turned violent and were called off by police and a car plowed into a crowd of demonstrators marching down a street, causing injuries. Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer tweeted Saturday afternoon ET that "a life has been lost." I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will--go home.-- Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 12, 2017
Video taken earlier in the afternoon showed crowds walking down a street as several cars move slowly along the same avenue. Abruptly, a silver or gray vehicle rams into the back of another vehicle, slamming one or more cars ahead of it amid the crowd of protesters. The driver backs up and rapidly flees the scene, videos show. It's unclear at this time whether or not the driver of the vehicle acted intentionally. The day began with a gathering for an Unite the Right rally backed by white nationalist groups that was supposed to begin at noon. Clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters just before the rally started led to a declaration of emergency in the city and to police ordering the crowds to disperse. Charlottesville has become a flash point for both white nationalists and protesters seeking to counter them following a City Council vote in February to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park formerly called Lee Park. The park was renamed Emancipation Park in June. President Trump joined a chorus of figures from across the political spectrum today to speak out against the white nationalist rally that took place, saying, "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!"